TEKE::TEKE Share Music Video For ”Hoppe”

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New Album Hagata Out Friday via Kill Rock Stars
“[Gotoku Lemon is] a wild combination of sounds,
but they couldn’t come together any better.” – Consequence

“Spitfire songs…frenzied mishmash of guitars, trombone, assorted Japanese instruments, and Kuroki’s singing — guttural, physical shrieks in her native tongue — bears a manic energy that 
bleeds into even the ballads” – The New Yorker

“TEKE::TEKE’s exotic blend of Japanese balladry, surf rock and psychedelia
is not to be slept on” – Guitar World

“A unique modern-meets-retro sound that can…serve as the soundtrack to 
the coolest movie you’ve ever wanted to star in”- SPIN

“[‘Garakuta’] mixes elements of traditional Japanese music with doomy riffage.” – BrooklynVegan

 Photo Credit: TEKE::TEKE

On Friday, the acclaimed and chameleonic Montreal-based TEKE::TEKE will share their second full length album Hagata via the legendary Kill Rock Stars. From the tender-hearted “Jinzou Maria” to the rumbling and raucous “Yurei Zanmai”, the songs of Hagata bear an eerie yet somehow familiar sensation. Japanese pop tones, Serge Gainsbourg grandeur, folk whispers, and Brazilian surf rock all mix into a psychedelic stew. Blending past and present, from Canada to Japan, multiple lives lived at once, each track carries a sense of change, impact, of having been marked in an intimate way. And yet the force behind that marking is always just out of grasp, a wisp, a ghost, an energy, a spirit that compels you to keep reaching. On Hagata, TEKE::TEKE move beyond the idea of walking across multiple paths, instead existing so fully in the space between that the usual constraints of creativity no longer apply.

Watch / Share: “Hoppe

Ahead of the LP’s release, the band shared a music video for the album track “Hoppe,” first premiered via Post-Trash. Guitarist Sei Nakauchi Pelletier explains, “I always thought of ‘Hoppe’ as having a bit of a 90’s vibe, maybe the Fugazi in me (but with Maya’s delirious tale about an old man who’s cheeks fall off after eating a rice cake… ha, ha) so we tried to simply capture the raw and punk energy of the song and keep the camera moving, with a fish-eye type lens.”

Shot and edited by the band, the video displays the group’s signature visual blend of live action and animation as previously explored in the videos for singles “Garakuta” and “Gotoku Lemon.” The track itself explores the more aggressive post-punk edges of TEKE::TEKE’s sound with cutting guitars and horn arrangements while lyrically, vocalist Maya Kuroki spins one of her signature kafkaesque fables. Featuring men emerging from mysterious foods, it concludes with the stark admonishment: “There’s no such thing as “Forever”, that’s the way it is / A broken illusion eats up the earth completely.” Though as enigmatic as ever, the band encases this message within a raucous romp complete with stabbing staccato rhythm and a wild, surfy guitar solo. Indeed, Hagata sees the band more eclectic than ever, while still preserving their ferocious and playful spirit.

Looking up at the sky one afternoon, Maya Kuroki spotted a cloud that looked like it had a bite taken out of it. One word immediately sprung to mind for the vocalist of TEKE::TEKE“‘Hagata’ is a very deep word, something present but also something leftover from someone or something no longer there. It’s like waking up from a dream, or being connected to the other side of something.” TEKE::TEKE are intimately familiar with that duality, of splitting reality between past and present, complex melodies and hushed interludes, intense action and lingering response. After building their sound on Shirushi through careful assembly of countless splinters of Japanese folk, psychedelia, Brazilian surf rock, and other far-flung touchstones, the seven-piece indulged in and learned from stretching out in free-floating experimentation both on the road and with Hagata’s producer Daniel Schlett (The War On DrugsDIIVCHAINick Hakim), and his assistant, Daniel Fox, recorded in a scenic studio in Mountain Dale, New York, the album having been mastered at Sterling Sound.

Sei Nakauchi Pelletier — Guitar, synth, percussion and additional vocals
Hidetaka Yoneyama — Guitar and back vocals
Mishka Stein — Bass, synth, percussion, guitar and back vocals
Ian Lettre — Drums, percussion, synth, piano and back vocals
Etienne Lebel — Trombone, gaida, percussion and back vocals
Yuki Isami – Flute, shinobue, taisho koto, synth and back vocals
Maya Kuroki — Vocals and guitar

TEKE::TEKE Live Dates:
June 24            Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Jazz Festival
July 7               Montreal, QC @ Montreal International Jazz Festival
July 9               Sudbury, ON @ Northern Lights Festival Boréal
July 14             Quebec City, QC @ Festival Été Quebec
Aug 11             Regina, SK @ Regina Folk Festival
Aug 19             Salmon Arm, BC @ Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest
Sept 2              Manchester, UK @ Manchester Psych Fest
Sept 3              Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Fest
Sep 5               Southampton, UK @ Heartbreakers
Sep 6               Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Sep 7               Bristol, UK @ Crofters Rights
Sep 8               London, UK @ Moth Club
Sep 9               Brighton, UK @ Psych de Soleil

Hagata Tracklist:
1. Garakuta
2. Gotoku Lemon
3. Hoppe
4. Onaji Heya
5. Me No Heya
6. Doppelganger
7. Setagaya Koya
8. Kaikijyu
9. Yurei Zanmai
10. Jinzou Maria


‘Hagata’ Album Art, Credit: Maya Kuroki 

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